Earlier today Walmart announced the latest phase in its efforts to hamper your ability to exercise your second amendment rights.
As the world's largest retailer, largest company by revenue (almost $515 Billion), and largest private employer (2.2 million employees), when Walmart makes a move like this it can have a significant negative impact on Americans' ability to access the firearms and ammunition necessary to defend themselves and their families.
So what exactly did Walmart do?
Walmart announced today that they will “discontinue sales of short-barrel rifle ammunition such as the .223 caliber and 5.56 caliber.”
It’s possible Walmart will stop selling .308 ammo and other calibers commonly associated with the AR 10 platform as well.
Walmart also announced that after selling through inventory they will stop selling ALL HANDGUN AMMO, this will mean no more grabbing a deal on bulk 9mm ammo from Walmart and will probably mean no more .45 ACP ammo, .40 S&W ammo, or .380 ACP ammo either.
They are also discontinuing the sales of handguns in Alaska (they already don’t sell handguns anywhere else) and are asking customers not to open carry, even in areas where it is lawful to do so.
Does that mean I can’t OWB (Outside the WaistBand) carry in Walmart anymore as I might imprint? Only time will tell.
Didn’t Walmart already do this?
Well, yes and no. Walmart has previously made the decision to restrict their consumer’s access to other firearms protected under the second amendment (as they are legally permitted to do, but probably shouldn’t).
In 1993, shortly after their founder and chairman Sam Walton died, they stopped selling handguns (everywhere except Alaska). In 2006 they ended all firearms sales in 2/3rds of their stores.
In 2008 Walmart decided that a firearm registry was a good idea and started keeping computerized records and video recordings of all firearms sales.
Finally, in September 2019, Walmart announced that it would stop selling ammunition for handguns and short-barrel rifles, as well as some types of rifle ammunition that could also be used in military-style weapons.
The decision came after a spate of mass shootings in the United States, including one at a Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, that left 22 people dead. Walmart also announced that it would stop selling handguns in Alaska, the only state where it still sold them.
The company cited a desire to take a stand on gun violence and promote responsible gun ownership, while also acknowledging that the decision would likely lead to a decrease in sales and a potential backlash from gun rights advocates.
With all of these restrictions I guess it shouldn’t come as any surprise that Walmart is taking another tumble down the slippery slope to deprive Americans of their ability to exercise their rights. You can still get birdshot at Walmart… for now.
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Official Walmart Statement on Firearms Policy
February 28, 2018
In light of recent events, we’ve taken an opportunity to review our policy on firearm sales. Going forward, we are raising the age restriction for purchase of firearms and ammunition to 21 years of age.
We will update our processes as quickly as possible to implement this change.
In 2015, Walmart ended sales of modern sporting rifles, including the AR-15. We also do not sell handguns, except in Alaska where we feel we should continue to offer them to our customers.
Additionally, we do not sell bump stocks, high-capacity magazines and similar accessories. We have a process to monitor our eCommerce marketplace and ensure our policies are applied.
We take seriously our obligation to be a responsible seller of firearms and go beyond Federal law by requiring customers to pass a background check before purchasing any firearm.
The law would allow the sale of a firearm if no response to a background check request has been received within three business days, but our policy prohibits the sale until an approval is given.
We are also removing items from our website resembling assault-style rifles, including nonlethal airsoft guns and toys.
Our heritage as a company has always been in serving sportsmen and hunters, and we will continue to do so in a responsible way.